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Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Nicole Peeler

Please welcome Nicole Peeler as part of The Qwillery's Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interviews.

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Nicole Peeler


TQ:  What inspired you to become a writer?

Nicole:  I've always loved writing, but for academic stuff. Then I read Charlaine Harris's fifth book on a flight back to the UK, and I was like, "I want to write something like this." So I went home and started writing! I think all my years of reading and writing came together for me, then. It was a very weird experience!

TQ: What is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Nicole:  Just finding the time with a busy life. But I can't complain, I love it!

TQ:  What writing achievement are you most proud of?

Nicole:  Just doing it, to be honest. I never thought I'd publish a book so the whole thing feels pretty magical.

TQ:  What one thing should everyone know about your writing?

Nicole:  That it's pretty off the wall. Jane swears and she likes sex and she's got a goofball take on things. She is half selkie, after all. ;-)

TQ: Please tell us about your latest and upcoming works.

Nicole:  My latest releases are a short story called "Something Wikkid This Way Comes," which is about the ladies of Triptych who you meet in book three. And Tempest's Fury, book five, comes out in July. Right now I'm writing book six, Jane's final book. It's been a great run and I can't wait to see her all grown up. :-)

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Nicole:  Thank you, it's my pleasure!


About Jane True

Tempest's Fury
Jane True 5
Orbit, June 26, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Nicole Peeler
Jane's not happy. She's been packed off to England to fight in a war when she'd much rather be snogging Anyan. Unfortunately, Jane's enemies have been busy stirring up some major trouble -- the kind that attracts a lot of attention. In other words, they're not making it easy for Jane to get any alone time with the barghest, or to indulge in her penchant for stinky cheese.

Praying she can pull of a Joan of Arc without the whole martyrdom thing, Jane must lead Alfar and halflings alike in a desperate battle to combat an ancient evil. Catapulted into the role of Most Unlikely Hero Ever, Jane also has to fight her own insecurities as well as the doubts of those who don't think she can live up to her new role as Champion.

Along the way, Jane learns that some heroes are born. Some are made. And some are bribed with promises of food and sex.


Something Wikkid This Way Comes
A Trueverse eNovella
Orbit, January 17, 2011

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Nicole Peeler
Capitola, Moo, and Shar are the halfling ladies of Triptych: supernatural private investigators who get paid to clean up paranormal messes.

Normally Cappie doesn't take human cases, but who can resist a priest, missing Catholic school girls, and a creature that may or may not be the Prince of Darkness?

A story set in the world of Nicole Peeler's Jane True series.


Eye of the Tempest
Jane True 4
Orbit, August 1, 2011
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Nicole Peeler
Nothing says "home" like being attacked by humans with very large guns, as Jane and Anyan discover when they arrive in Rockabill. These are professionals, brought into kill, and they bring Anyan down before either Jane or the barghest can react. Seeing Anyan fall awakens a terrible power within Jane, and she nearly destroys herself taking out their attackers.

Jane wakes, weeks later, to discover that she's not the only thing that's been stirring. Something underneath Rockabill is coming to life: something ancient, something powerful, and something that just might destroy the world.

Jane and her friends must act, striking out on a quest that only Jane can finish. For whatever lurks beneath the Old Sow must be stopped...and Jane's just the halfling for the job.


Tempest's Legacy
Jane True 3
Orbit, January 1, 2011
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Nicole Peeler
Mass Market Paperback and eBook
After a peaceful hiatus at home in Rockabill, Jane True thinks that her worst problem is that she still throws like a girl - at least while throwing fireballs. Her peace of mind ends, however, when Anyan arrives one night with terrible news . . . news that will rock Jane's world to its very core.

After demanding to help investigate a series of gruesome attacks on females -- supernatural, halfling, and human -- Jane quickly finds herself forced to confront her darkest nightmares as well as her deepest desires.

And she's not sure which she finds more frightening.


Tracking the Tempest
Jane True 2
Orbit, July 1, 2010
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Nicole Peeler
Mass Market Paperback and eBook
Valentine's Day is fast approaching, and Ryu - Jane's bloodsucking boyfriend - can't let a major holiday go by without getting all gratuitous. An overwhelming dose of boyfriend interference and a last-minute ticket to Boston later, and Jane's life is thrown off course.

Ryu's well-intentioned plans create mayhem, and Jane winds up embroiled in an investigation involving a spree of gruesome killings. All the evidence points towards another Halfling, much to Jane's surprise...


Tempest Rising
Jane True 1
Orbit, November 1, 2009
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Nicole Peeler
Mass Market Paperback and eBook
Living in small town Rockabill, Maine, Jane True always knew she didn't quite fit in with so-called normal society. During her nightly, clandestine swim in the freezing winter ocean, a grisly find leads Jane to startling revelations about her heritage: she is only half-human.

Now, Jane must enter a world filled with supernatural creatures alternatively terrifying, beautiful, and deadly- all of which perfectly describe her new "friend," Ryu, a gorgeous and powerful vampire.

It is a world where nothing can be taken for granted: a dog can heal with a lick; spirits bag your groceries; and whatever you do, never-ever-rub the genie's lamp.

If you love Sookie Stackhouse, then you'll want to dive into Nicole Peeler's enchanting debut novel.


About Nicole

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Nicole Peeler
Nicole D. Peeler received an undergraduate degree in English Literature from Boston University, and a PhD in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh, in Scotland. She’s lived abroad in both Spain and the UK, and lived all over the USA. Currently, she resides outside Pittsburgh, to teach in Seton Hill’s MFA in Popular Fiction. When she’s not in the classroom infecting young minds with her madness, she’s writing Urban Fantasy for Orbit Books and taking pleasure in what means most to her: family, friends, food, and travel. You can find her blogging here, as well as at the League of Reluctant Adults and Pens Fatales. She’d love for you to add her on Facebook (Nicole Peeler), and on Twitter (NicolePeeler).






The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will his or her choice of a Mass Market Paperback of one of the first 4 Jane True novels: Tempest Rising, Tracking the Tempest, Tempest's Legacy, OR Eye of the Tempest  from The Qwillery.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

Which book series would you like to go on forever?
OR
Which book series do you think should end/should have ended already? 

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1)   Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2)   Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3)   Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. You MUST leave a way to contact you.

Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Friday, April 6, 2012. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

Interview with Nicole Peeler & Giveaway - January 4, 2011

Please welcome author Nicole Peeler to The Qwillery.

TQ:  What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Nicole:  I think my most interesting quirk is the fact I don't really have any quirks. I became a writer after doing my PhD, which stripped me of all romantic notions of writing. I can write anywhere, wearing anything, at any time. A lot of authors seem to be like sports figures, who have lucky socks, or rituals they have to enact, etc. I'm like a guerrilla writer--anytime, anywhere. I do have to have a laptop, though. ;-)

TQ:  Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?

Nicole:  Oh, gosh. That's such a hard question. I'm definitely influenced by Philip Roth's manic style, and Portnoy's Complaint and Sabbath's Theater are two of my all time favorite books. In terms of other direct influence from the genre, when I was young I soaked up tons of Susan Cooper, Charles de Lint, Mercedes Lackey, and David Eddings. More recently, I read Pullman's His Dark Materials about 40 times in a row. I was seriously obsessed. I think you can see pinches of these influences in my work. The book that got me writing, though, was one of Charlaine Harris's. I loved her "everywoman" type heroine, and thought I'd like to create my own.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a panster?

Nicole:  Definitely a plotter. I plot everything.

TQ:  Tempest's Legacy struck me as darker than the prior 2 Jane True novels. What's going on here?

Nicole:  I think that this book had to bring home the stakes, for both Jane and the reader. Part of the challenge of writing a first person character is that the reader can only know what the protagonist knows. In book one, especially, Jane is clueless. She's like, "Pretty clothes! Shit, a sword!" In book two, she knows a bit more at the start and a lot more at the end, especially about how dangerous the supernatural world can be. So, in book three, I wanted all her illusions destroyed. Her mother's world is very dangerous, and Jane really learns that in Tempest's Legacy. But I also wanted to make it dangerous in a human way. None of the atrocities depicted in the book are things that humans haven't done historically, and many of them very recently. We don't live in a "nice" world, and I didn't want to make Jane's any cleaner or prettier for being magical.

TQ:  "Jane True" is such a simple name. How did you pick that name? Should we look for any meaning there?

Nicole:  Jane has a lot of meanings for me. My mom's middle name is Jane, and my mom is a very strong, very awesome woman. And I know another woman I really admire, from Canada, who is named Jane. Jane's lovely, and a real pixie of a woman, but she works out in the middle of nowhere as a nurse. Oftentimes she's the only person staffing these clinics that are the only medical resource in hundreds of miles, so she's both doctor and nurse. Her stories are riveting. Here's this pretty, sweet little woman, who is super smart and fun, and she's had to do these things that will curl your toes. In other words, underneath that adorable, sweet exterior is pure iron. She's so brave and strong, and she does what she does because she feels she has to. So I wanted something simple--Jane's the opposite of the sort of UF heroine who has a really outrageous name, with three syllables and a lots of y's--and Jane popped in first, then True came a second later. The name actually came to me after only a few seconds thought.

TQ:  Who would you pick to play Jane in a movie version of the novels?

Nicole:  I think that girl from Zombieland would be okay... The older one? I don't know anyone's name. Or someone unknown. Better yet, I want Jane to be anime! ;-)

TQ:  Do you and Jane have anything in common?

Nicole:  The hedonism, for sure. And some of the humor, although mine is darker for the most part.

TQ:  The Jane True series is considered Urban Fantasy. Are there any any genres or sub-genres in which you'd like to write?

Nicole:  To learn more about any side projects, you'll have to ask Denise Townsend. ;-) She's working on some very sexy selkie erotica.

TQ:  What's next?

Nicole:  Eye of the Tempest comes out in August! I'm super excited for it! Then we'll have two more, as yet untitled, Jane True books. I'm running out of things I can attach to "Tempest." I keep threatening to call the last one "Tempest Bledsoe."

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Nicole:  Thank you for having me! :-) I love coming to The Qwillery!


Nicole's Books

Jane True Series:

Tempest Rising
Book 1
Interview with Nicole Peeler & Giveaway - January 4, 2011Living in small town Rockabill, Maine, Jane True always knew she didn't quite fit in with so-called normal society. During her nightly, clandestine swim in the freezing winter ocean, a grisly find leads Jane to startling revelations about her heritage: she is only half-human.

Now, Jane must enter a world filled with supernatural creatures alternatively terrifying, beautiful, and deadly- all of which perfectly describe her new "friend," Ryu, a gorgeous and powerful vampire.

It is a world where nothing can be taken for granted: a dog can heal with a lick; spirits bag your groceries; and whatever you do, never-ever-rub the genie's lamp.

If you love Sookie Stackhouse, then you'll want to dive into Nicole Peeler's enchanting debut novel.


Tracking the Tempest
Book 2
Interview with Nicole Peeler & Giveaway - January 4, 2011Valentine's Day is fast approaching, and Ryu - Jane's bloodsucking boyfriend - can't let a major holiday go by without getting all gratuitous. An overwhelming dose of boyfriend interference and a last-minute ticket to Boston later, and Jane's life is thrown off course.

Ryu's well-intentioned plans create mayhem, and Jane winds up embroiled in an investigation involving a spree of gruesome killings. All the evidence points towards another Halfling, much to Jane's surprise...










Tempest's Legacy
Book 3
Interview with Nicole Peeler & Giveaway - January 4, 2011After a peaceful hiatus at home in Rockabill, Jane True thinks that her worst problem is that she still throws like a girl - at least while throwing fireballs. Her peace of mind ends, however, when Anyan arrives one night with terrible news . . . news that will rock Jane's world to its very core.

After demanding to help investigate a series of gruesome attacks on females -- supernatural, halfling, and human -- Jane quickly finds herself forced to confront her darkest nightmares as well as her deepest desires.

And she's not sure which she finds more frightening.






About Nicole

Interview with Nicole Peeler & Giveaway - January 4, 2011
Nicole D. Peeler is off on another adventure! This time, she’s moving to Pittsburgh to teach in Seton Hill’s MFA in Popular Fiction. Yes, folks, she’ll be mentoring up and coming urban fantasists as they try to break into the publishing world. Or, as she likes to call it, “infecting them with her madness.” In the meantime, she’s still writing Urban Fantasy for Orbit Books and taking pleasure in what means most to her: family, friends, food, and travel.

Nicole's Links

Website
Twitter
Facebook


The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a Mass Market Paperback copy of Tempest's Legacy by Nicole Peeler.

How:  Leave a comment telling The Qwillery which supernatural creature you would go out on a date with if you could? Please rememeber - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1)  Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2)  Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3)  Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

Who & When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Tuesday, January 11, 2011. Void where prohibited by law.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

Review - Tempest's Legacy by Nicole Peeler - 5 Qwills

Tempest's Legacy
Author: Nicole Peeler
Series: Jane True 3
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Orbit (January 1, 2011)
Price: $7.99
Language: English
Genre: Urban Fantasy
ISBN: 978-0316056601
Review Copy: E-Arc provided by Publisher via NetGalley

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Cover and Description:

Review - Tempest's Legacy by Nicole Peeler - 5 Qwills
After a peaceful hiatus at home in Rockabill, Jane True thinks that her worst problem is that she still throws like a girl - at least while throwing fireballs. Her peace of mind ends, however, when Anyan arrives one night with terrible news . . . news that will rock Jane's world to its very core.

After demanding to help investigate a series of gruesome attacks on females -- supernatural, halfling, and human -- Jane quickly finds herself forced to confront her darkest nightmares as well as her deepest desires.

And she's not sure which she finds more frightening.

 
 
 
 
 
My thoughts:
 
Tempest's Legacy showed me once again why I love Jane True. Jane goes on a darker journey in Tempest's Legacy than in the prior 2 books. Instead of letting events overtake her, Jane forges ahead and becomes more confident in herself and in her abilities.

Jane's very halfling nature (half-human / half-selkie) continues to create problems for her and not of her own causing. There is once again a mystery to be solved and a lot of action. Jane also has to deal with Ryu and Anyan which creates some great moments in the story. There are some very dark events in Tempest's Legacy. I'm not going to say more about anything in the story though because it would give too much away.

Jane's love for her father and friends, her love life issues, the way she deals with obstacles all have a ring of truth to them. She also makes me laugh. The things she thinks, but doesn't say out loud, are wonderful. So far the discovery of her supernatural self has not diminished her human self. I like that tremendously about Jane.

The cast of characters from the prior books is here. I have to say I love them all. They are part of what makes this series so enjoyable.

Nicole Peeler has done a great job of world building from the start of the series. I love the mythological framework in Jane's world. As always character development is great in Tempest's Legacy. The pacing is spot on. The dialogue is a joy to read. The story does resolve the mystery, but leaves open some tantalizing new threads to follow in future stories. Tempest's Legacy is a wonderful read from start to finish.

I give Tempest's Legacy 5 Qwills.


Review - Tempest's Legacy by Nicole Peeler - 5 Qwills

I do recommend that you read this series in order.

Prior books in the series:

Tempest Rising
Book 1
Review - Tempest's Legacy by Nicole Peeler - 5 Qwills
Living in small town Rockabill, Maine, Jane True always knew she didn't quite fit in with so-called normal society. During her nightly, clandestine swim in the freezing winter ocean, a grisly find leads Jane to startling revelations about her heritage: she is only half-human.

Now, Jane must enter a world filled with supernatural creatures alternatively terrifying, beautiful, and deadly- all of which perfectly describe her new "friend," Ryu, a gorgeous and powerful vampire.

It is a world where nothing can be taken for granted: a dog can heal with a lick; spirits bag your groceries; and whatever you do, never-ever-rub the genie's lamp.

If you love Sookie Stackhouse, then you'll want to dive into Nicole Peeler's enchanting debut novel.


Tracking the Tempest
Book 2
Review - Tempest's Legacy by Nicole Peeler - 5 Qwills
Valentine's Day is fast approaching, and Ryu - Jane's bloodsucking boyfriend - can't let a major holiday go by without getting all gratuitous. An overwhelming dose of boyfriend interference and a last-minute ticket to Boston later, and Jane's life is thrown off course.

Ryu's well-intentioned plans create mayhem, and Jane winds up embroiled in an investigation involving a spree of gruesome killings. All the evidence points towards another Halfling, much to Jane's surprise...
Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Nicole PeelerInterview with Nicole Peeler & Giveaway - January 4, 2011Review - Tempest's Legacy by Nicole Peeler - 5 Qwills

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